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#155/The Australia Show: Rachel Jackson + Annie Price + Jamie Paterson + Annalisa Capurro
Aug 3 • 53 min
Most Americans have not been to Australia, although a surprising number of Australians have traveled to America. From Sydney to Melbourne to their stunning capital of Canberra, Australian Modernism is just as popular there as in the US. …
#154/Modernism Week Movies 2: Valentina Geneva + Jeannine Oppewall + Paula Benson
Jul 27 • 74 min
Today in our second Modernism Week show on architecture movies, George Smart talks with three film industry professionals with connections to architecture. Valentina Geneva is working on a new documentary about LA architect Rudolph Schindler,…
#153/Miami Modern: Kobi Karp
Jul 20 • 43 min
Today, we dial into Miami, Florida, home of sun, fun, and some of the most over-the-top new Modernism on Earth. In the foodchain of Miami culture, a chain which features ceviche, plantains, rum, ropa vieja, and Max Strang, one of the most…
#152/Quiet Mastery: Architect Jim Jennings
Jul 13 • 40 min
Architect Jim Jennings joins us from San Francisco. His Visiting Artists House, recipient of the AIA 2006 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, was named one of the five most influential and inspiring houses of the past decade. He was awarded…
#151/Modernism Week: Women in Architecture with Libby Otto + Jane Hall
Jul 6 • 57 min
Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California. Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival and for the last five years, USModernist has been there interviewing nearly…
#150/Modernist Artists Danny Heller + John Pirman
Jun 29 • 48 min
Today we welcome two internationally-known artists whose work focuses on mid-century identity: houses, cars, stores, and the relaxed sunny lifestyle to which we all would like to become accustomed. Danny Heller from Desert Hot Springs CA…
#149/Modernism Week: The Alexander’s Winning Bet + Colleen Duffy of Devil Doll
Jun 22 • 57 min
There’s a shining star for Robert and Helene Alexander on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars - installed last February during Modernism Week. Although largely unknown outside of California, the Alexanders were critically important developers and…
#148: Last Flight Outta NY: Julia Gamolina + Gene Kaufman
Jun 15 • 84 min
Host George Smart talks with two architects in New York the day before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Born in Russia, raised in Canada, and now living in the US, architect Julia Gamolina has been a runaway success as the founder of Madame…
#147/Modernism Week Photography: Darren Bradley + Andrew Pielage
Jun 8 • 44 min
Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California. Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week which actually lasts 11 days. We were there interviewing nearly all the major…
#146/Bridges as Architecture: Europe’s Martin Knight
Jun 1 • 40 min
You don’t typically think of bridges as architecture, not the highway ones, particularly. There are about 600,000 in the US, with only a few dozen getting anyone excited, and most of those like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Verrazano Narrows…
#145/Modernism Week Interiors: Honoring Alexander Girard, Steve Chase, and Arthur Elrod with Christine Marvin + Michela O’Connor Abrams + Katherine Hough
May 25 • 49 min
In the first of two shows on Modernist interiors and interior designers, host George Smart chats poolside with two organizers of the Alexander Girard exhibition held during Modernism Week at the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Christine…
#144B/Bonus Show: Home on AppleTV+ with Story Producer Loren Gomez
May 21 • 15 min
There’s a new streaming series on AppleTV+ called Home, nine shows about unusual houses around the world. George Smart talks with one of Home’s Story Producers Loren Gomez about two of those houses, one in Sweden that’s totally enclosed by a…
#144/HOK: Patrick MacLeamy + Bill Hellmuth, plus A Few Minutes with Frank Harmon
May 18 • 52 min
Today you’ll meet two CEO’s of HOK, one of the most successful architecture firms in the world, past CEO Patrick MacLeamy and current CEO Bill Hellmuth. Every architecture student knows HOK, and it’s one of the largest design firms in the…
#143/Modernism Week Architecture Movies Part 1: Jake + Tracey Gorst, plus P. David Ebersole + Todd Hughes
May 11 • 54 min
Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California. Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week which actually lasts 11 days. Today in the first of two shows about…
#142/Architect Ronnette Riley, Lustrons with Virginia Faust + Leonardo, and Frank Harmon
May 4 • 59 min
Today on USModernist Radio it’s a full slate of great guests: art collector, model collector, race car driver, softball player, and architect Ronnette Riley, project lead for the Lipstick Building in New York designed by Philip Johnson. Later…
#141/Modernism Week Icon: Remembering Marilyn Monroe with Sunny Thompson + Greg Schreiner + Joshua Greene
Apr 27 • 71 min
Other than Frank Sinatra, there are few people who are so tightly woven into the spirit of mid-century culture than 1950’s Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. Sometime later this year, plans call for a nearly 30 foot tall statue of her in the famous…
#140/Late Great Architecture Magazines: Editor John Morris Dixon
Apr 22 • 41 min
In a mid-century world way before Instagram, people kept up with the latest buildings primarily through architecture magazines. Although a few titles like Architecture Record are still going, there were many exceptional publications that in…
#139/Modernism Week: Reviving Craig Ellwood with Barton Jahncke + Diane Bald, Joe Dangaran + Brett Woods
Apr 13 • 56 min
Craig Ellwood was one of the most exciting people in American architecture. He took Los Angeles by storm and no one since has fully captured his personal style or his incredible story - but that’s on the way. Although he took structural…
#138/Skidmore Owings + Merrill, with Nick Adams + Kate Reggev plus Musical Guest Valerie Wood
Apr 6 • 53 min
Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which sounds like a law firm your uncle Mitch might work at, created international airports, stunningly tall skyscrapers, universities, flagship museums, and landmark corporate headquarters since the 1930’s. In its…
#137/Modernism Week 2020: Daniel Libeskind + Nelda Linsk + Alison Martino
Mar 30 • 63 min
Nowhere in the world celebrates Modernism better than Palm Springs, California. Every February, they have a huge architecture and design festival called Modernism Week, which actually lasts 11 days. This was the fifth year USModernist has been…
#136/New York Worlds Fair: Mitch Silverstein + Stephanie Bohn
Mar 23 • 51 min
In a world before the internet, World’s Fairs were the killer app of the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. Countries would assemble at a central place for about 6 months and build pavilions, each sharing their nation’s technology,…
#135/WestEdge Design Fair: Epic Spaces + Favorite Places
Mar 16 • 53 min
Each fall, there’s a cool art and design gathering called WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica. It’s held in the Barker Hanger, an enormous space at the Santa Monica airport. This year, USModernist’s George Smart moderated two panels…
#134/The Skyscraper Museum: Carol Willis
Mar 9 • 47 min
From London to Tokyo to Dubai, the skyscraper is a part of every modern city, but no city has done it better, or longer, than New York. Starting in the 1920’s, the booming economy, use of steel, and advanced engineering took skyscrapers into reality…
#133/Almost Live from New York: Bethany Borel of COOKFOX + Author Anthony Alofsin
Mar 2 • 80 min
Host George Smart cashed in a few frequent flyer miles to report from New York City, doing a walk and talk around the innovatively designed COOKFOX architecture office with project leader Bethany Borel. Later on George visits author Anthony…
#132/Modernist Author Dominic Bradbury
Feb 24 • 43 min
What could be better than to make a living writing about Modernist architecture? Today on the show all the way from the UK, its author Dominic Bradbury, author of the new book Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses. Bradbury is a writer and…
#131/Bigtime Architecture Competitions: Susanna Sirefman + Robby Johnston
Feb 17 • 44 min
Sometimes the controversy about a building, particularly about a huge museum or government project, starts way before it opens or even before a Mayor, or a Governor, a Prime Minister, or even a Kardashian moves the first shovel of dirt. Today we…
#130/Architecture + Design Film Festival #2: Alysa Nahmias + Akira Boch
Feb 10 • 51 min
Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company Ajna Films. Her directorial debut feature, Unfinished Spaces, co-directed with Benjamin Murray, won a 2012 Spirit Award, numerous festival prizes, and…
#129: Children of Genius: Annie Gwathmey + Guest Co-host Paige Claussen
Feb 3 • 40 min
was a native of North Carolina and got interested in architecture at an early age. Charlie, as he was known, studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and at Yale University under , then went into partnership with Richard Henderson and…
#128/Modernist House Museums: Kelvin Dickinson/Modulightor + Lucia Dewey Atwood/Eames House
Jan 27 • 43 min
Fire up the car or start booking plane tickets, as today we’re talking about two amazing Modernist house museums you’ll definitely want to visit, one in New York City, and one in Los Angeles, with guest Executive Directors: Kelvin Dickinson of the…
#127/NY Architecture + Design Film Festival: Britni Harris on Bruce Goff + Lene Borch Hansen on Jorn Utzon
Jan 20 • 51 min
This is the third year USModernist Radio has been part of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York. Every fall, the stars, producers, and creators gather to premiere their latest documentaries. ADFF Executive Director Kyle Bergman…
Bonus Show #2: PJ Letofsky, Producer of Neutra: Survival Through Design
Jan 16 • 26 min
In this bonus show, George gets locked out of Tom’s studio but still manages to record and edit an interview with PJ Letofsky, producer of the documentary Neutra: Survival Through Design. Featuring historian Barbara Lamprecht, son…
#126/Southwest Modern: Texas and New Mexico
Jan 13 • 45 min
Amy Walton is from Texas, where she spent 15 years managing nonprofits like the North Texas Food Bank and the Jewish Family Service. Last year, she launched modTEXAS, an initiative to draw attention to Texas modernism and celebrate the people and…
#125/Bob Borson: Life of an Architect
Jan 6 • 40 min
Welcome to 2020! In our ongoing quest to seek out other architecture podcasts, we’ve talked with hosts such as Frances Anderton, Donna Sink, Steve Chung, Josh Cooperman, David+Marina, and Debbie Millman. Today we talk with Bob Borson,…
New Year’s Eve Bonus! Luca Baraldo of COOKFOX on Geller’s Double Diamond + Rocky Rochon on Colors
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
Shhh! George broke into Tom’s studio late at night to bring you two bonus interviews from 2019. Happy new year!
#124/Almost Live from Neutra’s Lovell House: Lyra Kilston + Josh Gorrell with Musical Guest Valerie Wood
Dec 30, 2019 • 60 min
Host George Smart met today’s guests at a LA party USModernist Radio threw last year at Neutra’s Lovell House. Lyra Kilston is a writer and editor focused on architecture, design, art, urbanism, with publication in The Los Angeles Review of…
#123/Architecture Into Comedy: Writer Ron Friedman
Dec 16, 2019 • 57 min
Ron Friedman graduated in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. After working for a few years as an architect, he came to his senses and started writing and performing stand-up comedy. He was spotted by Dean Martin and Danny Kaye which…
#122/Eliot Noyes, One of the Harvard Five: Fred Noyes
Dec 2, 2019 • 55 min
Born in Boston, architect Eliot Noyes graduated Harvard University. After working for Boston’s Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch & Abbott, he left to work for Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Awarded a Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, he toured the US…
#121/The Incredible TWA Hotel at JFK: with Eric Saarinen + Architects Richard Southwick, Anne Marie Lubrano + Lea Ciaverra
Nov 25, 2019 • 76 min
There’s a building at JFK airport in New York that people have been talking about for almost 60 years. At one time, it was the world’s most modern airport terminal, bringing the Jet Age fully into public consciousness. This building had…
#120/DWELL: Editor William Hanley
Nov 18, 2019 • 35 min
Any fan of Modernism has DWELL Magazine somewhere in their house. It’s a venerable but relatively recent publication, started in 2000 by Lara Hedberg Deam in San Francisco. She’s still the owner, and like a winning NFL coach, she’s…
#119/Living in Philip Johnson with Cristina Ross and Inger Stringfellow
Nov 11, 2019 • 38 min
In the lovely town of New Canaan CT, from the 1940s through the 1990s, no one was more influential than architect . His internationally-famous Glass House celebrated its 70th anniversary recently with a huge outdoor party and aerial performance by…
#118/The Last Frank Lloyd Wright Client: Roland Reisley
Nov 4, 2019 • 40 min
Frank Lloyd Wright, now 60 years after his death, remains the most well-known architect in America, perhaps the world. Notorious for his ego, which was matched only by his genius and talent, Wright would be delighted to be so this famous for so…
#117/Serial Modernist: Lord Peter Palumbo
Oct 21, 2019 • 43 min
Lord Peter Palumbo is a developer, art collector, car collector, wine collector, architecture collector and Conservative life peer based in the UK. He was educated at Eton and Worcester College, Oxford, a star athlete who played polo with Prince…
#116/John Lautner A-Z: Tycho Saariste + Jan-Richard Kikkert
Oct 7, 2019 • 46 min
Architect John Lautner of Los Angeles was incredibly ahead of his time. Over 50 years, Lautner blurred the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, between nature and architecture. He carried out 144 of his designs, 103 of which are still…
#115/The Ferris Bueller House: Meghann Salamasick
Sep 23, 2019 • 39 min
One of the best 80s films is, the envelope please, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Here’s the plot: near the end of the school year, high school senior Ferris Bueller (played by Matthew Broderick) fakes being sick to stay home. His parents believe him,…
#114/Architecture Photographer Ezra Stoller: Pierluigi Serraino + Erica Stoller
Sep 9, 2019 • 40 min
Returning podcast guest Pierluigi Serraino is an architect and author whose book Modernism Rediscovered contributed to the huge re-emergence of interest in the architecture we all know and love. He has written books on Eero Saarinen, NorCalMod:…
#113/Modernism is Bad, Really Bad: Professor James Stevens Curl
Aug 26, 2019 • 47 min
A graduate in Architecture from Oxford, Professor James Stevens Curl is known for scholarship, penetrating criticisms, lucidity of style, and holding his nose at the stench of Modernism, of which he is definitely not a fan. He’s probably…
#112/Design Podcasters Stephen Chung + Donna Sink
Aug 19, 2019 • 41 min
Over the last few year, we’ve been checking out design and architecture podcasts from around America. We’ve had Frances Anderton of DnA, Debbie Millman of Design Matters, Josh Cooperman of Convo by Design, and David and Marina of Midnight…
#111/Modernism’s Three Amigos: Architects Tom Kundig + Frank Harmon + Marlon Blackwell
Aug 12, 2019 • 46 min
New on USModernist Radio - Three Amigos: Tom Kundig, Frank Harmon, and Marlon Blackwell. Not only are they the best of friends but they are award-winning rockstars of Modernist residential architecture. Tom…
#110/Modernism Week Wrapup: Paul Rudolph at 100 with Christopher Wilson + Dick Burkett
Aug 5, 2019 • 28 min
Today we wrap up coverage of Modernism Week 2019 by honoring architect . 2018 was the 100th anniversary of architect Paul Rudolph’s birth and his work lives on to even high acclaim than when he was alive. Rudolph got on the national radar…
#109/Not a Modernist: Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society
Jul 29, 2019 • 48 min
Today we welcome back Justin Shubow, President of the National Civic Art Society, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the classical tradition in public art and architecture. President Trump appointed him in 2018 to the U.S. Commission of…
#108/Modernism Week Documentaries: Dion Neutra + Devon Chivvis
Jul 22, 2019 • 49 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there earlier…
#107/New York’s Josh Ramus
Jul 15, 2019 • 49 min
In an interview recorded at REX in Brooklyn, New York, George Smart sat down with architect Josh Ramus. The Huffington Post named him one of the five greatest architects under 50. Wallpaper Magazine described him as one of the world’s most influential…
#106/Modernism Week Celebrity: Alan Hess + Michael Stern + Lindsay Blake
Jul 8, 2019 • 46 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there earlier…
#105/Minoru Yamazaki, Forgotten Architect of the Twin Towers: Author Dale Gyure
Jul 1, 2019 • 57 min
Despite enormous success, architect reputation declined in the 1970’s with the negative public reception of the World Trade Center in New York and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe public housing project. Author Dale…
#104/Modernism Week Photography: Emily Bills + Pierluigi Serraino, plus Andrew Pielage
Jun 24, 2019 • 45 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#103/Children Of Genius: Charlee Deaton + Musical Guests the Luca Colonna Trio
Jun 17, 2019 • 35 min
If you’ve been listening closely, you know our special series called Children of Genius, featuring Susan Saarinen, daughter of Eero Saarinen, Raymond Neutra, son of Richard Neutra, Emily Ain, daughter of Gregory Ain, and Randy Koenig, son…
#102/Modernism Week Design: Joel Turkel + Anthony Poon + Jacques Caussin
Jun 10, 2019 • 64 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#101/Debbie Millman, Host of Design Matters
Jun 3, 2019 • 50 min
Debbie Millman is the founder and host of the pioneering, award-winning, long-running, and successful podcast, Design Matters. Going into her 14th year, Millman has interviewed over 400 designers, artists, and others in the creative culture such as…
#100/Modernism Week Books: Authors Melissa Riche and Adele Cygelman
May 27, 2019 • 39 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#99/Chef and The Farmer: Vivian Howard + Ben Knight + Co-host Rebekah Laney
May 20, 2019 • 48 min
Kinston is about as typical Eastern North Carolina as you can get. They have lots of barbeque, a minor league baseball team that’s pretty good, they support what’s left of the tobacco industry, and they keep up the CSS…
#98/Modernism Week Music! With AJ Lambert + The Gand Band
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#97/Midnight Charrette: Marina Bourderonnet + David Lee
May 6, 2019 • 45 min
Over the last few months, we’ve been checking out fellow design and architecture podcasts from around America. We’ve had Frances Anderton of DnA and Josh Cooperman of Convo by Design – and today we’re excited to welcome the hosts of…
#96/Modernism Week 2019: Christine Madrid French + Amy Jarvis + Ken Topper
Apr 29, 2019 • 41 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#95/Phillip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House: Author Mark Lamster
Apr 22, 2019 • 50 min
Architect Philip Johnson’s father invested 100 years ago in ALCOA, the huge aluminum company, which Johnson a millionaire in his ’20s. Before he became an architect, however, Johnson organized a landmark exhibition on International Style at the…
#94/Modernism Week 2019: Annalisa Capurro + Peter Moruzzi + Chris Mobley
Apr 15, 2019 • 54 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#93/Modernist House Museums: The VDL House and The Glass House
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
Today host George Smart and special guest cohost Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell dives into two Modernist house museums by internationally famous architects: Richard Neutra’s VDL house in LA and Philip Johnson’s Glass house in New Canaan…
#92/Modernism Week 2019: Remembering Craig Ellwood with Erin Ellwood, Jim Tyler, Barton Jahncke, Maria Demopoulos
Apr 1, 2019 • 32 min
Palm Springs has a huge architecture event called Modernism Week every February. It’s a fascinating array of architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and the occasional plastic surgery gone awry. Host George Smart was there…
#91/AIA New York Cocktails + Conversation / The Martini Whisperer
Mar 25, 2019 • 54 min
New York City architects Abby Suckle and William Singer are the authors of Cocktails and Conversations: Dialogues in Architectural Design. AIA New York’s Center for Architecture has a great Friday night format: invite people to to hear a…
#90/Modernism Week 2019: Architect Moshe Safdie
Mar 18, 2019 • 25 min
Today we kick off Modernism Week coverage with internationally known architect Moshe (mo-shay) Safdie. He’s been famous for over 50 years for many brilliant buildings; first as architect for Habitat 67 in Montreal, in the 2000’s as architect for…
#89/Los Angeles: Architect Barbara Bestor
Mar 11, 2019 • 48 min
USModernist has documented thousands of mid-century modernist houses, especially in Los Angeles. One name that kept popping up when those mid-century moderns needed renovation is Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor. She’s referred to as…
#88/My Grandfather, Mies: Dirk Lohan
Feb 25, 2019 • 47 min
Most people refer to architect Mies van der Rohe as Mies, which puts him into that rare club of people known by their first names, like Cher or Sting or Wynonna. Born in Germany, Mies was into totally architect Adolf Loos — who famously…
#87/FLW’s David Wright House in Phoenix: Victor Sidy + Alison King
Feb 11, 2019 • 48 min
Architect Victor Sidy was Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin with campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona and Spring Green, Wisconsin. He was a vocal advocate for saving Frank Lloyd Wright houses and buildings and for walkable…
#86/Phoenix Modern: Will Bruder
Jan 28, 2019 • 55 min
USModernist took 25 fans of the podcast to tour Phoenix, Arizona last November. Phoenix is the home of the Chimichanga, which Tucson disputes, but more importantly for us, the city is home to some really great Modernist architecture. We saw the…
#85/Cape Cod Modern: Peter McMahon
Jan 21, 2019 • 41 min
Ah, Cape Cod, the arm-shaped stretch of Massachusetts where Boston goes in the summer. The sun. The ocean. The traffic. The clam chowder. The summer theatre productions. And best of all, except for perhaps the clam…
#84/Architecture + Design Film Festival 2: Gehry Piano Frey with Guilfoyle Clemence Hess
Jan 7, 2019 • 59 min
Every fall, the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) premieres the best new documentaries of the year. Host George Smart was on the scene talking with the people behind the new movies. Ultan Guilfoyle’s award-winning films have…
#83/Modernist Realtor Preservationists: Martie Lieberman + Chris Menrad
Dec 31, 2018 • 41 min
We love realtors, and we also know many who would rather tear mid-century Modernist houses down than find new caring owners. That’s ok, because there are realtors like today’s guests who are passionate advocates for Modernist houses and go the extra…
#82/Watergate, the Building: Joseph Rodota
Dec 24, 2018 • 50 min
Watergate has come to mean scandal, usually but not always, political. The gate part is used as a suffix for other scandals in everything from sports to entertainment to media. Along with co-host Erin Sterling Lewis, winner of the 2018 AIA Young…
#81/Louis Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Memorial: Paul Broches
Dec 17, 2018 • 64 min
Louis Kahn was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic architects of the 20th century. He died in 1974. There’s an stirring and brilliant documentary about his life, filmed by his son, called My Architect. Kahn taught at Yale and the…
#80/NY Architecture + Design Film Festival 1: Curbed’s Kelsey Keith + Mmuseumm + Canada’s Greg Durrell
Dec 10, 2018 • 68 min
Every fall, the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) premieres the best new documentaries of the year. Kelsey Keith, the Editor-in-Chief of Curbed, was on the ADFF discussion panel for Enough White Teacups, a film by…
#79/Lautner: Helena Arahuete + Robin Poirier
Dec 3, 2018 • 40 min
California architect John Lautner, who died in 1994, was a genius of architecture who inspired generations of fans. His houses are among the most famous ever built - because you’ve seen them in so may movies: Chemosphere House (Body Double),…
#78/Hip-Hop Architecture: Sekou Cooke
Nov 26, 2018 • 62 min
Sekou Cooke is a Jamaican-born architect with degrees from Cornell and Harvard who is a assistant professor of Architecture at Syracuse. He is a leading columnist and lecturer advocating for more minorities in architecture. If you think we live…
#77/Michigan Modern: Michael Dow + Susan Bandes + Brian Conway with Musical Guests The Mac McLaughlin Group
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
Michigan, that fine state shaped like your hand, is a hotbed of amazing Modernism. Today George Smart and co-host Bob Langford chat with three knowledgeable guests about Michigan Modern. Michael Dow is President of the Alden and Vada Dow…
#76/Frances Anderton of DnA
Oct 29, 2018 • 39 min
Not only did Tom resupply the Cheetos and those delicious Delta airlines cookies today but we have the privilege of talking with podcast host Frances Anderton. If you live in LA, you’re heard her since 2002 every Tuesday on KCRW and the…
#75/Josh Cooperman, Host of Convo by Design
Oct 15, 2018 • 47 min
We’re checking out other design podcasts around the country and this week it’s the host of the design podcast Convo By Design, Josh Cooperman. Josh is a speaker, writer, publisher, host, brand manager and product designer with over 25 years in…
#74/Modernism East and West: Heather Papinchak + Laura Massino
Oct 1, 2018 • 36 min
Laura Massino is LA’s premier architecture tour guide and the prolific author of a series called Architecture Tours LA Guidebooks, which includes the volumes Frank Gehry Architecture, Pasadena, Downtown, Hancock Park, Hollywood, West Hollywood and…
#73/Sarasota Modernism: Lorrie Muldowney + Harold Bubil
Sep 17, 2018 • 47 min
With training in historic Preservation, Architecture, and Urban Planning, Lorrie Muldowney is President of Creative Preservation and has lived in Sarasota County for the past 47 years. She formerly served as the Sarasota County historical…
#72/Archispeak: Tom Dyckhoff
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
Tom Dyckhoff is one of Britain’s best-known commentators on architecture and urbanism, with many radio, television, and documentaries to his credit. He is the presenter of The Great Interior Design Challenge and the Radio 4 series The…
#71/X-Files: Pierluigi Serraino w/Guest Co-Host Kate Wagner
Aug 20, 2018 • 48 min
Today USModernist Radio welcomes guest co-host Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell along with author of the book The Creative Architect, Pierluigi Serraino, the Fox Mulder of architecture, with information on a secret 1950’s psychological study involving…
#70/Saving Spaces: Chris Grimley + Natascha Drabbe w/Guest Co-Host Kate Wagner
Aug 6, 2018 • 41 min
Today USModernist Radio welcomes guest co-host Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell along with two people working to keep Modernism alive and well - brutalist documentarian Chris Grimley and the founder of iconichouses.org, Natascha Drabbe. Chris…
#69/The Man, the Myth, the Designer Craig Ellwood: Michael Boyd
Jul 23, 2018 • 41 min
Craig Ellwood was not a licensed architect but to his Los Angeles design clients he was a true design genius, and he could sell, too. Derided by the architecture profession of which he was formally not a part, he rose to public fame…
#68/Modernist Travel: Sam Lubell
Jul 9, 2018 • 41 min
Anyone listening to USModernist has gotten in a car, or a plane, to pilgrimage to some amazing building. In fact, tt’s a sure sign you’re a Modernist fan if you go to a city just for the architecture. Sam Lubell is an expert on…
#67/Modernism Week Wrapup with Lisa Vossler Smith, Jacques Caussin + William Kopelk
Jul 2, 2018 • 50 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week, a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, and exhibits. Host George Smart wraps up our series in conversation…
#66/The Food Show: Chefs Ben Shewry + Scott Crawford, Architect Louis Cherry
Jun 25, 2018 • 43 min
Modernist fans tend to be foodies - or it is the other way around? USModernist Radio’s biggest fan in Melbourne, Australia is Chef Ben Shewry. He’s been featured in many publications, including the New York Times as owner of Attica in…
#65/Modernism Week 7: SFMOMA’s Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher plus Christiane Robbins + Katherine Lambert
Jun 18, 2018 • 36 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#64/Serial Modernist: Michael LaFetra + Musical Guests Lulu and the Lounge Lizards
Jun 11, 2018 • 50 min
People who like Modernism show it in various ways. They buy the books, they watch the documentaries, they get a few pieces of furniture, they may visit the work of a few famous architects. Sometimes they build or buy a Modernist house. …
#63/Modernism Week 6: Landscape Design with Nate Cormier + Michelle Delk
Jun 4, 2018 • 39 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#62/Modernism Week 5: Cory Buckner + Leo Zahn
May 28, 2018 • 34 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#61/Massive Modernism: LA Architect Paul McClean + Musical Guest Rebecca and the Hi-Tones
May 21, 2018 • 42 min
Architect Paul McClean grew up Ireland, thinking of houses and getting in trouble for drawing them in high school. He graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1994 and by 2000, he was on his own in Los Angeles. His clients include…
#60/Modernism Week 4: Denver/Adrian Kinney + Indiana/Marsh Davis
May 14, 2018 • 37 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#59/Henry Kamphoefner: Abie Harris, Roger Clark, Ben Taylor + Jerzy Główczewski
Apr 30, 2018 • 37 min
In 1948, most US universities were slow to embrace the growing Modernist movement. Then NC State University brought in a brilliant Dean from Oklahoma who went all-in on Modernism. Within two years, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra…
#58/Modernism Week 3: Neutra’s Kaufmann House/Brent Harris + Architect Hugh Kaptur
Apr 23, 2018 • 53 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#57/Cassilhaus: Ellen Cassilly + Frank Konhaus
Apr 16, 2018 • 43 min
Architect Ellen Cassilly worked in Paris with Christian DePortzamarc, who you’ll recall was a winner of the Pritzker Prize, and Arata Isozaki in Tokyo, before coming to North Carolina. After bringing exciting projects together for other firms,…
#56/Modernism Week 2: Annalisa Capurro + Alan Hess
Apr 9, 2018 • 38 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#55/Shooting Modern: Matt Griffith, Jim Sink + Harry Wolf
Apr 2, 2018 • 38 min
In this digital age, everyone’s taking photos, billions of them, primarily with their phones. We talk today about architectural photography, and how both digital and social changes in photography affect decisions about the kind of buildings we…
#54/Modernism Week 1: Atomic Ranch Editor Sarah Jane Stone + IAmNotAStalker, Lindsay Blake
Mar 26, 2018 • 44 min
USModernist Radio goes to Palm Springs each February for the incredibly popular Modernism Week. It’s a fascinating array of sunshine, architecture, lectures, parties, tours, exhibits, and you can even order martinis for breakfast. Yes, you can…
#53/Richard Neutra: Raymond Neutra + Barbara Lamprecht
Mar 19, 2018 • 46 min
Richard Neutra was one of the world’s most important architects, and today his work is even more popular. Neutra designed more than 300 amazing Modernist houses in California and elsewhere. In 1949, Time Magazine featured Neutra on its cover…
#52/Children of Genius 2: Emily Ain + Randy Koenig
Mar 12, 2018 • 35 min
Gregory Ain was inspired to become an architect after visiting Rudolf Schindler’s King’s Road house. He worked for Richard Neutra as well as Harwell Hamilton Harris. As a result of a proposed housing project suspected of being…
#51/Hiring Calatrava: Johnny Örbäck + Sweden’s Turning Torso
Mar 5, 2018 • 34 min
Johnny Örbäck was about 47 when he had a fantastic idea. It was 1999, and as Managing Director of a public housing agency in Malmo, Sweden, he decided to commission the world’s most unique housing project from architect Santiago…
#50/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 3: Sarah Howitt + Thatcher Bean
Feb 26, 2018 • 32 min
Covering topics from England to the Congo, today’s show features host George Smart and the stars, producers, and creators of the latest architecture documentaries, recorded in New York at the Architecture and Design Film Festival late last…
#49/Playboy, Just for the Articles: Beatriz Colomina + Sandra Costa
Feb 19, 2018 • 40 min
Hugh Hefner passed away last year after decades at the helm of Playboy magazine, the first mainstream magazine featuring nude centerfolds that depending on your point of view, liberated women, demeaned women, or both. But you may not know that…
#48/Preserving Seattle Modern: Eugenia Woo
Feb 12, 2018 • 35 min
Seattle has coffee, and rain, and Amazon, and amazing Tom Kundig houses. It also has our guest today, Eugenia Woo, one of Seattle’s top advocates for Modernist historic preservation. She is the director of preservation services…
#47/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 2: The Gamble House + Albert Ledner
Feb 5, 2018 • 26 min
From the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, held late last year, host George Smart’s first guests are Ted Bosley and Lori Korngeibel talking about the Gamble House in Pasadena, America’s most famous Arts and Crafts…
#46/Sarasota: Tammy Hauser + The Center for Architecture Sarasota
Jan 29, 2018 • 31 min
Tammy Hauser is Executive Director for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, a nexus for midcentury Modernist houses. She’s the CEO of Blue Sky Thinking, a consulting firm based in Sarasota for nonprofit organizations. This spring, the Center…
#45/NY Architecture and Design Film Festival 1: Mina Chow + Bruce Inglis
Jan 22, 2018 • 40 min
Today’s special bonus edition features George and the stars, producers, and creators of the latest architecture documentaries, recorded in New York at the Architecture and Design Film Festival late last year. George’s first guest is Mina Chow, producer…
#44/Hawai’i Modern: Dean Sakamoto + Brad Dunning
Jan 15, 2018 • 39 min
Hawai’i native Dean Sakamoto is an architect with a focus on sustainability in tropical environments. He worked with the Univ of Hawai’i Department of Urban and Regional planning and founded SHADE, Hawaii’s first public interest design organization.…
#43/Iconic Houses: Fallingwater + The Stahl House
Jan 8, 2018 • 45 min
Fallingwater in Pennsylvania is Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest residential work. We talk with Denise Miner, Public Tour Supervisor at Fallingwater. She is their Obiwan Kenobi, training their team of wonderful guides. And out in LA there’s a house that’s a…
#42/Death of a Master Plan: Lewis Clarke + Erin Sterling Lewis
Dec 25, 2017 • 51 min
After WWII, states looked at their aging capitol buildings and considered sweeping new plans to bring technology, commerce, government, and even the performing arts into the full 20th century. One of the few state capitols to actually achieve…
#41/Australian Modern: Tim Ross
Dec 11, 2017 • 41 min
Australian comedian Tim “Rosso” Ross has starred in countless Australian radio and TV series. He’s a writer for Men’s Style Australia, Rolling Stone and Sydney Magazine. He’s interviewed and talked with celebrities like Will…
#40/Lautner’s Big Lebowski: The Sheats-Goldstein House with Roberta Leighton
Nov 27, 2017 • 39 min
Roberta Leighton “runs the place” for owner Jim Goldstein at the Sheats Goldstein house in Los Angeles, designed by . She manages hundreds of movie, commercial, and photo shoots at the house, one of the country’s most iconic. One of the most famous…
#39/Edward Durell Stone: Hicks Stone + Bernie Reeves
Nov 13, 2017 • 39 min
Architect Edward Durell Stone like many of his generation fell in love with Modernism. His first independent commission was a 1933 Modernist house for Richard Mandel, which led to many other prominent commissions including the Museum of Modern…
#38/Starchitecture: The UK’s Stephen Bayley
Oct 30, 2017 • 41 min
Design guru and critic Stephen Bayley came to prominence in the 1980’s curating the Boilerhouse Project at the and later created London’s Design Museum. In the 1990’s he was briefly the creative director for a notoriously…
#37/Design Documentaries: Jake Gorst, Kyle Bergman and Peter Lamb & The Wolves
Oct 16, 2017 • 60 min
Emmy-winning filmmaker Jake Gorst is the Steven Spielberg of design documentaries, capturing mid-century modern architecture in at least 12 films on modern design, including a great series on Palm Springs architects such as E. Stewart Williams, Donald…
#36/LA’s Schindler: Mary Schindler + Guillaume Schindler
Oct 2, 2017 • 57 min
Rudolph Michael Schindler, who went by Michael, was one of the most important Modernist architects of the 20th century, yet he is largely unknown to the public outside California. Frank Lloyd Wright hired him in 1918, and soon he was running…
#35/Scale: Thomas Bena + Mollie Doyle
Sep 18, 2017 • 35 min
What makes a house too big? And is it really anyone’s business other than the owner? We talk with Thomas Bena and Mollie Doyle, stars and creators of the new documentary One Big Home, based in Martha’s Vineyard MA. Like many…
#34/Fire Island: Chris Rawlins + Harry Bates
Sep 4, 2017 • 56 min
Fire Island, just 50 miles from New York City, was one of the few gathering places in the 1950’s where gay people could feel safe in a world that certainly did not offer such a welcome. It was also a haven for the creative class from New York…
#33/Urban Planning: Allison Arieff
Aug 21, 2017 • 40 min
Ever wondered how the famed children’s book Knuffle Bunny intersects with thoughtful urban planning? Probably not. However, today’s guest is well-versed in both! Allison Arieff is editorial director of SPUR, a San Francisco-based thinktank…
#32/ModMonuments: Joshua David and Matthew Silva
Aug 7, 2017 • 61 min
One of the problems with preserving futuristic-looking Modernist buildings is that they just don’t look that old. They aren’t universally loved, in fact some of them weren’t that popular when they were built. The World Monuments Fund…
#31/London: Alison Brooks
Jul 24, 2017 • 29 min
Host George Smart reports from the USModernist trip to London last May. He visits architect Alison Brooks who has won the triple crown of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and the…
#30/Modernism Week 5: Australia’s Harry Seidler, featuring Penelope Seidler, Polly Seidler, and Daryl Dellora
Jul 10, 2017 • 26 min
Host George Smart reports from February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the center for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the amazing week of design, art, food, lectures,…
#29/Eric Lloyd Wright
Jun 26, 2017 • 35 min
June is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous architect in the world, still showing off 58 years after his death. Few architects have come close to Wright’s arrogance, his brilliance, and his incredible output…
#28/Modernism Week 4: Indiana! With Todd Zeiger / Jennifer Sandy / Marsh Davis
Jun 12, 2017 • 24 min
Host George Smart reports from February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, ground zero for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week. And today is Indiana day! Todd Zeiger is…
#27/McMansions: Kate Wagner
May 29, 2017 • 43 min
Kate Wagner created the riotously popular blog McMansionhell.com where she tears into the impractically large, ridiculously constructed, and often hilariously furnished monuments to wealth misspent. As a writer for Curbed and other design…
#26/Modernism Week 3: Annalisa Capurro & Brooke Hodge / Mark Davis & Aluminaire
May 15, 2017 • 41 min
Host George Smart reports from February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week. Annalisa Capurro, aka Ms. Modernism, is a…
#25/HouseTrackers: Jan-Richard Kikkert & Paul Moore
May 1, 2017 • 36 min
A lot of Modernist houses you love from the 1950’s and 1960’s are going the way of unfortunate “renovations” or the bulldozer, largely because few people are aware of their architectural significance. Although most houses by famous architects…
#24/Modernism Week 2: Bill Earls & Devon Chivvis / Bert Simonis
Apr 17, 2017 • 35 min
Host George Smart reports from February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Mid-Century Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the amazing annual event. Bill Earls is the…
#23/Reviving Modern: Michael Miner & Liz Waytkus
Apr 3, 2017 • 34 min
Today we explore two different approaches to reviving Modernist buildings: preserving them or building them from scratch! Michael Miner is a documentary filmmaker who since 2002 has devoted his career entirely to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright,…
#22/Modernism Week: Alan Hess & Janice Lyle
Mar 20, 2017 • 40 min
Host George Smart reports from February’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Mecca for all things Modernist! He spoke poolside from the Hotel Skylark with keynote speakers from the week. Alan Hess is a journalist, historian, architect, and…
#21/Evil Lairs - Adele Cygelman & Christine Madrid French
Mar 6, 2017 • 31 min
If you’ve seen a thriller like North By Northwest or Diamonds are Forever (or many others since) you may have noticed that the bad guy has impeccable taste. The classic villain has custom-tailored suits (or dresses, let’s not be sexist), a…
#20.8/We’re Back! Year Two!
Feb 13, 2017 • 4 min
George, Frank, and Tom Preview Coming Attractions on USMR
#20.7/Sydney Opera House: Annalisa Capurro from Modernism Week
Mar 2, 2016 • 10 min
In 1957, architect Jorn Utzon unexpectedly won the commission for the iconic Sydney Opera House. His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects of the day. Saarinen described the…
#20.6/Sean Khorsandi/Sarasota MOD/Paul Rudolph
Feb 24, 2016 • 22 min
Sean Knorsandi of the Paul Rudolph Foundation Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to…
#20.5/Stephanie Grosskreutz/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph
Feb 17, 2016 • 12 min
Stephanie Grosskreutz of Visit Sarasota Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become…
#20.4/Carl Abbott/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph
Feb 9, 2016 • 17 min
Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become Dean of Architecture at Yale. …
#20.3/Christopher Wilson/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph
Feb 2, 2016 • 9 min
Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become Dean of Architecture at Yale. …
#20.2/Larry Scarpa/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph
Jan 25, 2016 • 11 min
Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become Dean of Architecture at Yale. …
#20.1/Ernst Wagner/Sarasota Mod/Paul Rudolph
Jan 18, 2016 • 27 min
Every year, Sarasota Mod in Sarasota FL throws a great conference on mid-century modern and this year was focused on , an architect who made his name in exciting coastal architecture before moving on to become Dean of Architecture at Yale. …
#19/Best Clips of 2015
Dec 29, 2015 • 4 min
Hi folks, here’s a few minutes of fun, our “best of” clips from 2015. Happy New Year! George, Frank, and Tom
#18.5/Archivist: NC State University’s Todd Kosmerick at Harrelson Hall
Dec 7, 2015 • 11 min
Todd Kosmerick is University Archivist for NC State University’s Archives. He and his staff collect, preserve, and make accessible vast physical and online resources that document the growth and development of the university and its continued…
#18/Harwell Hamilton Harris: Frank Harmon & Lisa Germany Ziegler
Nov 30, 2015 • 49 min
Architect Harwell Hamilton Harris FAIA never reached the celebrity status of his peers such as Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, yet his quieter career work stands as some of the most brilliant of the 20th century. Practicing primarily in…
#17.5/Wisconsin Gem
Nov 23, 2015 • 10 min
In the deep woods of Wisconsin, about an hour outside of Madison, sits one incredible house. If you didn’t know otherwise, you’d be sure it was a Frank Lloyd Wright design. And you’d be close. It was designed by his son-in-law,…
#17/UK Modern: Michael Hammond & Brian Shawcroft
Nov 16, 2015 • 43 min
Michael Hammond is co-founder and Editor in Chief of World Architecture News (WAN). He chairs the WAN AWARDS jury panel and produces the topical series of podcasts, Shop Talk which has featured many of the world’s leading architects over its…
#16/Snøhetta: Craig Dykers & Greg Raschke
Nov 2, 2015 • 43 min
Craig Dykers, at just 28 years old, received international acclaim after winning the $350 million commission for the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. He is founder of the design firm Snøhetta, with offices in Oslo Norway and New York,…
#15.5/Aidan Buehler, Georg Buehler, & architect Lucy Carol Davis
Oct 26, 2015 • 10 min
Aidan Buehler is 14 years old. He’s an eighth grader in Chapel Hill NC with an interest in drafting. What he did next is remarkable. Instead of just piddling around on his computer like most kids, he contacted Chapel hill architect Lucy…
#15/Kahn! Nathaniel Kahn & Alexandra Lange
Oct 19, 2015 • 48 min
Nathanial Kahn is a director and producer. He is also the son of architect Louis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. In 2003, he produced the Oscar-nominated film My Architect about the life and work of his…
#14/The Eames: Eames Demetrios & Jerry Nowell
Oct 5, 2015 • 43 min
Eames Demetrios is the grandson (and namesake) of Charles and Ray Eames and leads the Eames brand which has roared back into the public eye. His mission is communicating, preserving and extending the brilliant work of designers Charles and Ray…
#13/House Trek: Brad Dunning & Leon Meyers
Sep 21, 2015 • 43 min
California interior designer Brad Dunning grew up in Memphis and LA. He has early, wilder roots in the LA punk rock scene as part of the original Gun Club, a seminal noisy punk/blues band. Widely praised as designer to the stars such…
#12/Lustrons: Tom Fetters & Virginia Faust
Sep 7, 2015 • 47 min
The world’s largest erector set: the Lustron was a house you put together with a screwdriver. It was metal, yet would never rust. It was ingeniously heated and insulated. It came on a truck ready for assembly. A brilliant…
#11/Children of Genius: Susan Saarinen & Raymond Neutra with Marvin Malecha
Aug 24, 2015 • 48 min
Landscape architect Susan Saarinen, daughter of architect Eero Saarinen, granddaughter of architect Eliel Saarinen (pronounced sahrr-uh-nen), andRaymond Neutra, retired physician and epidemiologist in California, son of architect Richard Neutra…
#10/Eisenhower: Justin Shubow & 2015 Matsumoto Prize Winners
Aug 10, 2015 • 51 min
Justin Shubow is President of the , a Washington DC educational non-profit for the classical and humanistic tradition in public art and architecture. With a background in law, philosophy, comedy, and physics, his sharp wit informs and…
#9/Paul Rudolph: Gene Kaufman & Joe King
Jul 27, 2015 • 45 min
was not as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright but he designed some of the most fascinating and creative Modernist buildings in America. While inspiring a generation of architects, the public generally does not warm to his large brutalist designs,…
#8/Smaller: Sarah Susanka & Monique Lombardelli
Jul 13, 2015 • 47 min
Sarah Susanka is an internationally-known architect and author of the best-selling “Not So Big” series of books, which kicked off with in 1997. Over the years, she has been featured on Oprah, Charlie Rose, and many architecture and design…
#7/Renewal: Joe Kwon, Robby Johnston & Craig Kerins
Jun 29, 2015 • 33 min
Joe Kwon is the cellist for the internationally acclaimed band The Avett Brothers. He’s the client of Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, principals in the design/build firm Raleigh Architecture & Raleigh Construction. Block by block,…
#6/Special Agents: Crosby Doe & Emilie Huin
Jun 15, 2015 • 43 min
Ever since Modernist houses hit the mainstream market in the 1950’s, the real estate community has largely stayed away. Unaware of history, contemptuous of design style, and overreacting to certain flaws, realtors can do more to scare buyers…
#5/Lawsuit: Paul Goldberger, Louis Cherry, & Marsha Gordon
Jun 1, 2015 • 44 min
Imagine buying a lot, designing a house, getting all the neighborhood and city approvals, starting construction, then - boom - your neighbor sues to stop construction. You’ll hear one couple’s incredible story - and how it attracted worldwide…
#4/Small World: John Morris and G. Milton Small III
May 19, 2015 • 43 min
John Morris is a Usability Engineer by day but by night he’s the Batman of downtown architecture documenting buildings in Chicago and Raleigh. He’s also a superfan of Modernist architect Milton Small Jr., student of Mies Van der Rohe. …
#3/Drawing: Mike Welton & Jim Cutler
May 5, 2015 • 46 min
Author J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and regional publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Dwell, and Architectural Record. His new book is “Drawing from Practice:…
#2/Cyclorama: Christine Madrid French
Apr 27, 2015 • 38 min
Christine Madrid French is one of America’s foremost experts on Modernist preservation. She is co-founder of the Recent Past Preservation Network (the first Modernist preservation organization) and served as President for nine years. She pretty much…
#1/Premiere: Kelly Lynch & Myrick Howard
Apr 15, 2015 • 40 min
Although actress Kelly Lynch appeared in Drugstore Cowboy, Roadhouse, Charlie’s Angels, and the swanky Miami TV series Magic City, we love her movies about Modernist preservation. She’s also got two killer Modernist houses in Los…